Volunteering is the giving of unpaid help and a commitment of time and energy by individuals for the benefit of society, the community or the environment.
We support and promote all types of volunteering and hold our annual Cheering Volunteering awards (link opens in new window) celebration event for all of our volunteers in Central Bedfordshire every year.
You can also get involved in volunteering with us:
- countryside volunteering
- volunteering for safer neighbourhoods
- snow clearing volunteering
- nominated neighbours
- become an emergency volunteer (link opens in new window)
Types of volunteering
- formal volunteering is defined as giving unpaid help through groups, clubs or organisations. For example, Brownie, Guide and Scout leaders are all volunteers, as are most Citizens’ Advice volunteers
- informal volunteering is defined as giving unpaid help as an individual to someone who is not a relative. This might be clearing snow from a neighbour’s pathway, or walking an elderly person’s dog while they recover from an illness and are unable to do it themselves
- micro-volunteering is defined as giving unpaid help (either as an individual or as part of a group) online via an internet-connected device (including smartphones), or offline in small increments of time, usually to benefit a non-profit, charitable or non-governmental organisation. For example, helpfromhome.org (link opens in new window) offers micro-volunteering roles which require 30 minutes to an hour to source disaster relief information online for a disaster relief charity. This could include tasks like assisting in research, collecting, maintaining and tweeting helpful information and resources about first aid, hospitals, shelters and other critical needs before, during and after a disaster
How do I get involved in formal volunteering?
Community Voluntary Service (CVS) (link opens in new window) and Voluntary and Community Action (VCA) (link opens in new window) run volunteer centre services in Central Bedfordshire. They work with individuals and organisations to promote and develop volunteering so people are inspired to volunteer, have the opportunity to do so, and have excellent volunteering experiences.
Did you know?
Voluntary Works is a consortium of local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations working to promote and support the sector in Central Bedfordshire.
We recognise the value of volunteering and the benefits volunteers bring to people’s quality of life.
We also recognise the contribution volunteers make to the economic, environmental and social life of the area. A Volunteering Strategy is essential to ensure that people willing to volunteer do so in a nurturing and supportive environment.
The Volunteering Strategy promotes volunteering, social action and communities doing more for themselves.
In Central Bedfordshire volunteers of all ages add great value to the delivery of many local services (delivered by the public, voluntary and community sectors), which many vulnerable people are dependent upon.
The Strategy gives direction to supporting the demand for and supply of volunteers in areas such as health, social care, the environment, sport, the arts, education and learning, provision of information and advice services, housing, youth work, community development, community transport and many others.
More information can be found on the VoluntaryWorks website. (link opens in new window)